I have had the privilege of teaching my good friend's daughter how to quilt. She asked me when she was 12 years old. She wanted to make a quilt from start to finish. I loved the journey of teaching new things to one so eager to learn.
Our first visit to a fabric shop was a magical time. Her mother just rolled her eyes as the daughter and I went from bolt to bolt touching, feeling, oohing and ahhing! She quickly had the store mapped out and knew the locations of all the colored prints and solids, the batiks, the animal prints etc. We were amazed how she had everything organized after a quick run through.
There was a special sale that day featuring a scrap pile. You could buy all the scraps you wanted for a certain price, but they had to fit into a small box that was provided. (Of course you could use as many boxes as you wanted, but you had to pay for each one.) It was amazing to see the many ways fabric was folded and stuffed into a box as no one wanted to pay for more than one, but that is another story.
We started digging in the scrap pile and the big find for my little sewing friend was the "Thirties" fabrics. She just went crazy each time she found another pattern in the pile. She soon had 10 or 12 women helping her search for her "magical" fabric. It was quite a sight to behold. Now I thought her favorite fabrics would be bright florals or animal prints or colorful batiks, but I was wrong. We did end up buying quite a few boxes!
Well time has passed and she is now 16. She has made 4 or 5 quilts, some for herself, others as gifts. She still loves fabrics and when we visit the fabric stores, the same scenario is played over and over again.
In early December, we were shopping for fabric and we came upon this darling Christmas fabric with Santa Claus. Only this was a Santa Claus from the old story books way back when. My young teen went nuts and had to have it. She couldn't wait to add it to her stash. For Christmas, her mom took the fabric and made the cutest apron for her and she absolutely loves it.
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